Sunday, October 11 2020
"STAND UP AND PRAISE THE LORD YOUR GOD…YOU WERE RIGHT AND WE WERE WRONG..." Around 2500 years ago, a nation stood united in praise to the Lord with the sole intent of honoring Him through national repentance of their sins. The longest prayer of the entire Bible was offered as a worship unto God on the 24th day of God's 7th month, October 12 on our 2020 Gregorian calendar. This timeless prayer is right on target for us today as Christians in America.
“You were right, and we were wrong” is part of a national prayer offering to God shortly after the nation of Judah celebrated His Festival of Tabernacles, which we learned about in last week's lesson. https://www.facebook.com/fontanacommunitychurch/posts/3363301583750007
Following the biggest celebration of the year, God's people spent 1/4 day reading His Word. They spent another 1/4 day confessing their sin and worshiping the Lord. Then they asked for mercy for their nation.
Israel's sins were numerous and seriously offensive to the Almighty. Led by God’s appointed judges for 350 years, the nation began its decline by placing their faith in the mindset of the world for leadership. "Make us a king to judge us like all the nations." 1 Samuel 8:5.
When the Lord gave them what they wanted, He also told them what would happen. "... you will cry out in that day because of your king, whom you have chosen for yourselves, but the Lord will not answer you in that day.” 1 Samuel 8:18.
We would do well to read that ENTIRE chapter. Many of the phrases are all too familiar. "He will take your sons and appoint them for his own chariots...He will take a tenth of your grain and your vintage.... He will take a tenth of your sheep. And you will be his servants."
Because God's people cried out to Him and refused to back down from their worldly choice of leadership, He gave them exactly who they asked for.
It would seem on the surface that the people were doing the right thing by asking God specifically for new leadership. After all, God Himself responded by appointing King Saul as their new leader. Indeed, at first, the king they had asked for seemed to be exactly the deliverer they needed.
However, God tells us what was really going on in 1 Samuel 10:17-19. “I brought Israel up out of Egypt, and I delivered you from the power of Egypt and all the kingdoms that oppressed you. But you have now rejected your God, who saves you out of all your disasters and calamities. And you have said, ‘No, appoint a king over us.’ So now present yourselves before the Lord by your tribes and clans.”
God gave the nation what it had been praying for. It wasn't long before their new king began doing things which revealed his true bent and swagger. Saul became jealous of David and sought to take his life. He attempted to secure his throne by executing the High Priest and later ordering the Witch of Endor to conjure up the dead spirit of Samuel. In the end, King Saul took his own life following a battlefield defeat.
Long story short, just 2 kings later, the once mighty nation under God was split into two kingdoms. The northern kingdom of Israel, composed of 10 tribes, with its capital of Samaria, lasted around 200 years before being conquered and scattered around the world by the Assyrians. The surviving 2 tribes, called Judah, were ruled from Jerusalem for 350 years by kings from the Davidic line. But it all ended when Jerusalem was ransacked and burned. It's populace was led away to 70 years of exile in the enemy kingdom of Babylon.
At the time of today's lesson, the conquered southern kingdom of Judah, now under Persian rule, had been allowed to return and rebuild the Walls of Jerusalem and resettle the Holy City and its surrounding lands. Still under Persian rule, the nation had come together to celebrate the completion of the city walls, and to celebrate The Festival of Tabernacles.
Humbled after years of rule by their enemies, they had begun God's 7th month as a restored nation by hearing Ezra read from the Book of the Law of Moses as God commanded. As they listened attentively day after day, God's people were reminded of His goodness and mercy. The Word of the Lord was made clear and given new meaning so that the people could understand what was being read. Spiritual revival fell upon the land. The longest prayer in the Bible, Nehemiah 9, is voiced by a broken nation, pledging their allegiance to the Almighty, alone.
"Stand up and praise the Lord your God! God has always lived and will live forever. People should praise your glorious name. May your name be lifted above all blessing and praise. You are God. Lord, only you are God. You made the sky and the highest heavens and everything in them. You made the earth and everything on it. You made the seas and everything in them. You give life to everything. All the heavenly angels bow down and worship you."
“...You saw our ancestors suffering in Egypt and heard them call for help by the Red Sea. You showed the miracles to Pharaoh. You did amazing things to his officials and his people. You knew that the Egyptians thought they were better than our ancestors. But you proved how great you are, and they remember that even today.”
“You split the Red Sea in front of them, and they walked through on dry land. The Egyptian soldiers were chasing them, but you threw that enemy into the sea. And they sank like a rock into the sea. With the tall cloud, you led them by day, and at night you used the column of fire. That is the way you lit their path and showed them where to go.”
“Then you came down to Mount Sinai. You spoke to them from heaven. You gave them good laws… You told them about your special day of rest—the Sabbath…They were hungry, so you gave them food from heaven. They were thirsty, so you gave them water from a rock. You told them, ‘Come, take this land.’ You used your power, and took the land for them.”
“But our ancestors became proud and stubborn. They refused to obey your commands. They refused to listen. They forgot the amazing things you did with them. They became stubborn. They decided to return to Egypt and become slaves again.”
“But you are a forgiving God! You are kind and full of mercy. You are patient and full of love. So you didn’t leave them! You didn’t leave them even when they made golden calves and said, ‘These are the gods that led us out of Egypt.’ You are very kind, so you didn’t leave them in the desert. You didn’t take the tall cloud away from them by day. You continued to lead them. You didn’t take the column of fire away from them at night. You continued to light their path and to show them which way to go.”
“You gave them your good Spirit to make them wise. You gave them manna for food. You gave them water for their thirst. You took care of them for 40 years. They had all they needed in the desert. Their clothes didn’t wear out, and their feet didn’t swell and hurt. You gave them kingdoms and nations, and you gave them faraway places where few people live... You made their descendants as many as the stars in the sky. You brought them to the land you promised to give their ancestors…You let them defeat those people.”
“...And then they turned against you. They threw away your teachings... So you let their enemies have them. The enemy caused them much trouble. When trouble came, our ancestors called to you for help. And in heaven, you heard them. You are very kind, so you sent people to save them. And they rescued them from their enemies."
"Then as soon as our ancestors were rested, they started doing terrible things again! So you let the enemy defeat them and punish them. They called to you for help, and in heaven you heard them and helped them. You are so kind. That happened so many times.”
“You warned them. You told them to come back, but they were too proud. They refused to listen to your commands. If people obey your laws, they will live. But our ancestors broke your laws. They were stubborn. They turned their backs on you. They refused to listen.”
“You were very patient with our ancestors. You let them mistreat you for many years. You warned them with your Spirit. You sent the prophets to warn them. But our ancestors didn’t listen. So you gave them to people in other countries. But you are so kind! You didn’t completely destroy them. You didn’t leave them. You are such a kind and merciful God!"
"Our God, you are the great God, the awesome, powerful soldier! You are kind and loyal. You keep your agreement. We have had many troubles, and our troubles are important to you. Bad things happened to all our people, and to our kings and leaders, and to our priests and prophets.”
“But God, you were right about everything that happened to us. You were right, and we were wrong. Our kings, leaders, priests, and fathers did not obey your law. They didn’t listen to your commands. They ignored your warnings. Our ancestors didn’t serve you even when they were living in their own kingdom. They didn’t stop doing evil. They enjoyed all the wonderful things you gave them. They enjoyed the rich land and had plenty of room, but they didn’t stop their evil ways.”
“And now, we are slaves. We are slaves in this land, the land you gave our ancestors so they could enjoy its fruit and all the good things that grow here. The harvest is big in this land. But we sinned, so that harvest goes to the kings you put over us. They control us and our cattle. They do anything they want. We are in a lot of trouble.”
Once called by God “the apple of His eye”, Israel had been ripped apart by their enemies. The remaining remnant was now totally dependent on the Lord God for their national survival. Finally, they admitted they had been wrong to place their trust in a government of their own choosing.
This very day, we 21st century Americans are receiving a merciful warning straight from the Almighty. God's Word tells us clearly what happens when His people become arrogant and petulant, vowing in hardened hearts that we can and should control our own destiny by depending on leadership of our own choosing. Faith in the monarchy of the Lord Jesus Christ as King then becomes secondary to the appointment of a "king" and savior and his leadership.
"STAND UP AND PRAISE THE LORD YOUR GOD…YOU WERE RIGHT AND WE WERE WRONG..."
Friday, October 02 2020
A FESTIVAL FOR THE LORD YOUR GOD... In times like these, it’s extremely important to stay grounded in God’s Word and be reminded that He does have a plan in motion. God has appointed this coming week as one of His special times for the revelation and ministry of Jesus Christ. Known as “feasts” or “festivals”, they were connected to harvest times. A true harvest festival appointed by God Almighty Himself, begins this evening, October 2, at sunset under a full harvest moon, and continues through October 10 on our 2020 Gregorian calendar.
This festival has always been known as the Holy Day that commemorates God dwelling with His people. It is the seventh festival appointed 3500 years ago by God in His Word. “Celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles for seven days after you have gathered the produce of your threshing floor and your winepress. Be joyful at your Feast…You shall hold a festival for the LORD your God seven days, in the place that the LORD will choose; for the LORD your God will bless you in all your harvest and in all the work of your hands, and your joy will be complete.” Deuteronomy 16:13-15.
Leviticus 23 tells us more about this special week that God appointed just after the fall harvest. The Festival of Tabernacles, also called "Sukkot" in Hebrew, got its name from the fact that all Israel was required to live in temporary structures to remind them of how God led them during their 40 years of "camping out" in the wilderness. Palm branches were also prominently used for temporary thatched roofs and waved during joyful worship. An 8th day was also to be celebrated as a Holy Convocation unto the Lord, a time to look forward to the future culmination of all God's Holy Festivals.
The Festival of Tabernacles was a unique opportunity for God's people to come together during 7 joyous nights and thank Him for His many incredible blessings. His Shekinah Glory literally dwelt in the Ark of the Covenant, guiding, and directing the Israelites during their long Exodus journey. By the time of Jesus, three 75-foot menorahs were lit in the Temple, which reminded the people of God's Shekinah Glory leading them through the desert.
Not only did God fed them daily for 40 years with manna from heaven, He also provided enough water from a single rock to satiate millions of people. We do not have to look far in the New Testament to see who was actually being introduced to mankind through this symbolism. In John 30, 32-35, Jesus said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven; my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven, and gives life to the world… I am the bread of life; he who comes to me shall not hunger, and he who believes in me shall never thirst.”
These appointed Festival Days also paint a picture of the Lord’s completion and rest given in Genesis 2:2. “And by the seventh day God completed His work which He had done; and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done.” For 3500 years, it has been celebrated with a full week of dancing, singing, and feasting. It is also entirely possible that the first American Thanksgiving was based on this very festival, since the early Puritans were students of the Bible and observed God’s ancient, appointed Festival Days.
Many phenomenal physical appointments have taken place during the Festival of Tabernacles. When Solomon first brought the Ark of the Covenant and the Tabernacle furnishings into the Temple at Jerusalem, it was on God's appointed Day of Tabernacles, placed on His calendar 500 years before. At that time, the grand Temple of Solomon in Jerusalem became the literal, living Tabernacle, or dwelling place of God Almighty when the Shekinah Glory of the Lord descended from heaven, lit the fire on the altar, and literally filled the Holy of Holies. 2 Chronicles 7:1-3.
In fact, there are growing numbers of Christians who are convinced that Jesus was actually born and came to "tabernacle" with mankind as a babe laid in a tabernacle structure during the annual Tabernacles Festival itself! Rome always took advantage of the customs of their occupied territories to take a census of the people. Heads of Jewish families were required to go to Jerusalem 3 times a years to celebrate God's major holy festival days: Passover, Pentecost and Tabernacles. Tabernacles is the only one that occurs in the fall. Add that to the imagery of John 1:14: "The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” It is no coincidence that the phrase “made His dwelling” or “skenoo”, is derived from the word “tabernacle”, and could also be interpreted as “to have one’s tabernacle”.
Jesus celebrated the Festival of Tabernacles a few short months before his death. On the last day, after the priest filled a water pitcher from the Pool of Siloam and carried it back to the Temple and poured the water at the altar, symbolizing the pouring out of the Holy Spirit in the days of Messiah, Jesus stood and said, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive.” John 6:37-39.
Later, when Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey just before His crucifixion, the people were greatly influenced by 1500 years of celebrating Tabernacles. The Jews waved palm branches, and shouted "Hosanna" from the same Messianic Psalm quoted every year during the Festival of Tabernacles: Psalm 118:25. And the picture of Tabernacles worship will be repeated when the redeemed saints gather together around the throne of God Almighty, palm branches in hand, singing “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb."
The future physical fulfillment of the Festival of Tabernacles will culminate when ALL nations on Planet Earth will come together in peace to worship Jesus Christ as Lord! "The Lord will be King over the whole earth. On that day, there will be one Lord and His name the only name…Then the survivors from all the nations that have attacked Jerusalem will go up year after year to worship the King, the LORD Almighty, and to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles." Zechariah 14:9,16.
Finally, in Revelation 21:3, John the Revelator adds the crowning touch to this glorious festival appointed by God Almighty for all humanity. “And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, ‘Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God.’”
YOU SHALL HOLD A FESTIVAL FOR THE LORD YOUR GOD…
Sunday, September 27 2020
S A L V A T I O N… Many petitions are now being lifted to the Almighty, praying for the salvation of this nation. But during this appointed season of the last 3 of God’s Holy Days anointed to be fulfilled by Jesus Himself, are these the prayers God is looking for? Or could this be the ultimate insult of waving another god in our Father’s face during the very season the deity and coming Kingdom of His Only Begotten Son should be celebrated and desired above ALL else…
The evening of September 27 on our 2020 Gregorian calendar begins the 10th day of God’s 7th month, the anniversary of the very date the Almighty appropriated a blood sacrifice to cover the sins of His people: The Day of Atonement. God revealed the foundation for His plan of salvation in Leviticus 23:27, 32 when He said, “The Day of Atonement will be on the tenth day of the seventh month…This special day of rest continues from that evening until the next evening.” Leviticus 23:27, 32.
Appointed by God during the wilderness Exodus of the Israelites, this special day is called Yom Kippur. (“Yom” rhymes with home, “Kippur" pronounced “key poor”, accent on poor) “Yom” means day, from sunset to sunset, as marked by God in Leviticus 23:32. “Kippur” is from the Hebrew word “kaphar” (kah-farrrr') meaning “to cover”. The concept of our English equivalent, “atonement” is “covering”. Put the two words together: Day of Covering or Day of Atonement.
The covering or atonement was first appointed by God as the blood sacrifice of an innocent animal. “For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement (covering) for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul.” Leviticus 17:11.
Hebrews 9:1-28 binds the “Old” together with the “New”, pointing us straight to Jesus as the Perfect Blood Sacrifice! He did away with the need for atonement for our sins. His precious blood blotted them out entirely!
(1-5) “That first plan contained directions for worship, and a specially designed place of worship. A large outer tent was set up. The lampstand, the table, and "the bread of presence" were placed in it. This was called "the Holy Place." Then a curtain was stretched, and behind it a smaller, inside tent set up. This was called "the Holy of Holies." In it were placed the gold incense altar and the gold-covered Ark of the Covenant containing the gold urn of manna, Aaron's rod that budded, the covenant tablets, and the angel-wing-shadowed mercy seat. But we don't have time to comment on these now."
(6-10) "After this was set up, the priests went about their duties in the large tent. Only the high priest entered the smaller, inside tent, and then only once a year, offering a blood sacrifice for his own sins and the people's accumulated sins. This was the Holy Spirit's way of showing with a visible parable that as long as the large tent stands, people can't just walk in on God. Under this system, the gifts and sacrifices can't really get to the heart of the matter, can't assuage the conscience of the people, but are limited to matters of ritual and behavior. It's essentially a temporary arrangement until a complete overhaul could be made."
(11-15) "But when the Messiah arrived, high priest of the superior things of this new covenant, he bypassed the old tent and its trappings in this created world and went straight into heaven's "tent"—the true Holy Place—once and for all. He also bypassed the sacrifices consisting of goat and calf blood, instead using his own blood as the price to set us free once and for all. If that animal blood and the other rituals of purification were effective in cleaning up certain matters of our religion and behavior, think how much more the blood of Christ cleans up our whole lives, inside and out. Through the Spirit, Christ offered himself as an unblemished sacrifice, freeing us from all those dead-end efforts to make ourselves respectable, so that we can live all out for God."
(16-17) "Like a will that takes effect when someone dies, the new covenant was put into action at Jesus' death. His death marked the transition from the old plan to the new one, canceling the old obligations and accompanying sins, and summoning the heirs to receive the eternal inheritance that was promised them. He brought together God and his people in this new way.
(18-22) "Even the first plan required a death to set it in motion. After Moses had read out all the terms of the plan of the law—God's "will"—he took the blood of sacrificed animals and, in a solemn ritual, sprinkled the document and the people who were its beneficiaries. And then he attested its validity with the words, "This is the blood of the covenant commanded by God." He did the same thing with the place of worship and its furniture. Moses said to the people, "This is the blood of the covenant God has established with you." Practically everything in a will hinges on a death. That's why blood, the evidence of death, is used so much in our tradition, especially regarding forgiveness of sins."
(23-26) "That accounts for the prominence of blood and death in all these secondary practices that point to the realities of heaven. It also accounts for why, when the real thing takes place, these animal sacrifices aren't needed anymore, having served their purpose. For Christ didn't enter the earthly version of the Holy Place; he entered the Place Itself, and offered himself to God as the sacrifice for our sins. He doesn't do this every year as the high priests did under the old plan with blood that was not their own; if that had been the case, he would have to sacrifice himself repeatedly throughout the course of history. But instead he sacrificed himself once and for all, summing up all the other sacrifices in this sacrifice of himself, the final solution of sin.
(27) "Everyone has to die once, then face the consequences. Christ's death was also a one-time event, but it was a sacrifice that took care of sins forever.
(28) “And so, when he next appears, the outcome for those eager to greet him is, precisely, salvation.”
We can see how God’s salvation plan comes together PERFECTLY if we look through the lens of God’s appointments on His calendar for ALL of mankind, not just our nation, and not just our timeline. Jesus fulfilled God's Holy Days appointed in the Spring with His death on Passover (Christ, our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed for us. l Corinthians 5:7); his burial during the Feast of Unleavened Bread (Jesus said, “I am the living bread that came down out of heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he shall live forever; and the bread also which I shall give for the life of the world is My flesh.” John 6; 51); and His resurrection on the holy day of Firstfruits. (“But now Christ is risen from the dead and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.” 1 Corinthians 15:20); Fifty days ( seven weeks plus one day) after Jesus’ resurrection on the Feast of Firstfruits, when His promised Holy Spirit fell upon a gathering of the Disciples and others celebrating God’s appointed holy day of Pentecost, the church as we know it today was born. (Acts 2)
The Holy Days occurring on God’s fall calendar have yet to be entirely fulfilled by Jesus. The first fall holy day, appointed on the 1st day of God’s 7th month, occurred the evening of September 18th on our 2020 calendar. Known as the Day of Trumpets, or Day of Blowing, it is the day that Jesus refers to with the word “Watch”. This ancient day announces King Jesus’ imminent return with the heralding of 100 trumpets. https://www.facebook.com/fontanacommunitychurch/posts/3317709304975902
The evening of September 27 on our 2020 Gregorian calendar begins the 10th day of God’s 7th month, the anniversary of the very date the Almighty appropriated a blood sacrifice to cover the sins of His people: The Day of Atonement.
The last holy day to be fulfilled by Jesus is appointed to begin on the 15th day of the same month on God’s calendar, which begins the evening of October 2 on our 2020 calendar. That evening marks the beginning of God’s 7-day Feast of Tabernacles, culminating in the 8th Last Great Day. ‘Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God.’” Revelation 21:3.
“And so, when he next appears, the outcome for those eager to greet him is, precisely…”
S A L V A T I O N…
Thursday, September 17 2020
WATCH! The Living Word of God is exploding with depth and new meaning for Christians in 2020. This picture reflects not only the astounding artistry of the Almighty’s handiwork in the evening sky, it also prophetically appoints the coming day God’s trumpet will announce the eminent return of Jesus Christ!
The biblical epic appointment known as the Day of Trumpets is anticipated to begin at sunset September 18 on our 2020 Gregorian calendar, ushering in the beginning the 1st day of God’s appointed 7th month.
God's trumpet has sounded only one time on this earth. He voiced His presence with the sounding trumpet on Mt Sinai in Exodus 19:19 before speaking the Ten Commandments. It is significant that the “voice” of the trumpet did not come from man, but from God.
The last reference in the Old Testament to trumpets, Zechariah 9:14, again refers to God sounding or “voicing” the trumpet, and points toward the New Testament fulfillment of this prophecy. “And the LORD shall be seen over them, and his arrow shall go forth as the lightning: and the LORD God shall blow the trumpet, and shall go with whirlwinds of the south.”
Soon after, still on Mt Sinai, God said to Moses in Leviticus 23:23-24: "Speak to the children of Israel, saying: ‘In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a Sabbath-rest, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation.”
The Hebrew word for month, "hodesh" aka "chodesh" which means "new moon", is a derivative of the Hebrew root word “hadash” which means “renew, repair or restore”. From darkness, His created light emerges every month to renew and guide us to the fullness of His light. His holy convocations, with the exception of one, occur in the middle of the month, during the time of fulness of His light, exemplified in His full moon.
The Hebrew words for “holy convocation”, "mikra kodesh", mean "holy convocation and rehearsal” The Holy Day of Trumpets, the only convocation occurring at the very first light of the new month, has been “rehearsed” by mankind every year for over 3 millennia! Its ancient Hebraic themes have always been repentance, a king's coronation, and a marriage feast--all pointing straight to the coming return of Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Son of God!
Jesus told us very plainly we should be watching at God's appointed times every single year until He comes again. “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son but only the Father. Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come. It's like a man going away: He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with his assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch. Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back —whether in the evening or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn. If He comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping. What I say to you, I say to everyone: WATCH!” Mark 13:32-37.
The Day of Trumpets, appointed by the Almighty Himself, has been known for thousands of years by the Hebrew idiomatic expression “no man knows the day or the hour”. That's because it is the ONLY appointed Holy Day of the Lord that begins just as the first sliver as the new moon arises and only God knows for sure when that will occur. We can further understand the rest of the passage to say that while we don’t know the specific day, or time of the day, we do know the appointed season as the Day of Trumpets as He decreed in Leviticus 23.
Every Christian at the time of Jesus knew that the times and the seasons were “the appointed times of the Lord, holy convocations which you shall proclaim at their appointed times.” Leviticus 23:4. In fact, "holiday" is literally the contraction of “holy” and “day”. And God gave the month and the day for each "holiday". He just didn’t give the year. For over 3500 years, God's people have celebrated the future coronation of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords!
“But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:4-11
Jesus fulfilled God's Holy Convocation Days appointed in the Spring, with His death on Passover (Christ, our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed for us. l Corinthians 5:7); his burial during the Feast of Unleavened Bread (Jesus said, “I am the living bread that came down out of heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he shall live forever; and the bread also which I shall give for the life of the world is My flesh.” John 6; 51); and His resurrection on the holy day of Firstfruits. (“But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.” 1 Corinthians 15:20)
GOD'S APPOINTED FALL HOLY DAYS HAVE YET TO BE FULFILLED BY JESUS! We can look forward to at least 3 more divine appointments of holy convocations on God’s calendar. Jesus' return will be heralded on the Day of Trumpets. Jesus will be anointed as the perfect sacrifice for our sins on the Day of Atonement. And finally, Jesus will return to this earth to rule and reign over His Kingdom during the season of Tabernacles.
Yes, when Jesus returns to this earth, it will be by Divine Appointment to fulfill the remaining Holy convocation days scheduled on God's calendar. The first of those, the anointed Day of Trumpets, is signified by the rising of the new moon beginning God's seventh month, appointed in Leviticus 23. In ages past, as soon as the sliver of the new moon was observed by two witnesses, they blew the trumpet 100 times: 11 series of nine brief blasts followed by one long powerful blast, known as "the last trumpet.”
Could this be "the last trumpet” that Paul spoke about in 1 Corinthians 15: 51-54? “Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: ‘Death has been swallowed up in victory’”.
Revelation 11:15 repeats this truth. "And the seventh angel sounded (a trumpet); and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever."
According to God’s Word in Genesis 1:5, His day begins at sunset. The young crescent moon will appear very low in the bright twilight of the western sky shortly after the sun sets. Sunset is predicted here in western North Carolina at 7:37 pm EDT. Jerusalem is 7 hours ahead of us, with sunset occurring at 6:43 pm IDT, Israel Daylight Time. That means the new moon may be sighted in Israel on September 18 shortly after 11:43 am EDT Eastern Daylight Time, with sightings spreading westward. First reports are anticipated from Fiji, followed by Israel.
God has hit the “renew” button. And He's done it in the midst of a pandemic virus named "corona", Latin for "crown". As Israel enters its second lockdown, and the USA bickers over coming elections, God Almighty is using man's mutant "crown" virus to convict us of our sinful bent of "crowning" other gods before Him and making them a priority on our manmade calendars and worldly agendas.
This is God's world. This is God's calendar. This is God's new moon This is God's sign that Jesus is coming soon to renew and reign over His kingdom on this earth!
Jesus said, “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son but only the Father. Be on guard! Be alert...If He comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping. What I say to you, I say to everyone:”
Listen to the shofar trumpet sounds: https://hebrew4christians.com/.../Bles.../01shofarblasts.mp3